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    History is the exploration of the past, and the people, ideas and events that have shaped it.

History at the University of Strathclyde has a long tradition of the highest quality research in its field.

We're ranked second in Scotland, and ninth in the UK, by the Times Higher Education Supplement for research intensity. Find out more about the ratings.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 29% of our publications were graded at the highest level (4*) as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Read more about our gradings.

In the REF 2014 all 22 of our historians were submitted for assessment. This made us one of only eight institutions in Britain able to do this.  The depth and breadth of our research culture ensures that all our staff are active investigators generating new knowledge that's often world-leading in their areas of expertise.

In the National Student Survey 2016, 95% of students reported overall satisfaction with the quality of the History degree and we scored 95% in teaching satisfaction. Our research excellence underpins a great teaching and learning experience for all who study here.

Historians at Strathclyde focus on:

  • history of science, technology & medicine
  • oral history
  • peace, conflict & identity
  • Scotland & the world

Two of these themes are supported by leading centres. The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, run jointly with Glasgow Caledonian University, is supported by the Wellcome Trust and celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014-2015. The Scottish Oral History Centre celebrates 20 years of excellence in oral history scholarship in 2015.

Our areas of research

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